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Tatton
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is one seat where almost no comaprisons, statistical or otherwise, will be able to b emade with the 1997 General Election. Perhaps the most unusual contest in the country took place then, as the former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell donned his white suit and rode into battle against Neil Hamilton, tainted with accusations of sleaze. Labour and Liberal Democrats withdrew their candidates and offered their support to Bell. It was not technically a straight fight - no fewer than eight other candidates were attracted (by the glare of prospective publicity?) but all eyes were on the gladiatorial battle. Bell won by 11,000 and Hamilton (and his wife Christine) retired hurt. However, Bell did promise to serve only one term as MP for Tatton as well as to take no party whip. Finding the atmosphere at Westminster amenable, Bell came to regret this promise, but it would not have fitted in with the maintenance of his air of moral superiority to renege, and he has sought other causes elsewhere, riding off on his charger to Brentwood and Ongar to slay the dragon of the Peniel Church. In his absence, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have re-appeared on the scene, and, more relevantly, Hamilton has been replaced by a new Conservative, George Osborne, who seems virtually certain to win here in affluent Cheshire.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retreat of the Man in the White Suit, Martin Bell, Tory expectations of recapturing one of their safest seats rests with George Osborne. One of a knot of high-flying insiders (see also David Cameron, Witney, and Paul Raynes, Romsey), born 1971 and educated at St. Paul's School, Magdalen College Oxford, and Davidson College, USA, he is the complete political apparatchik, having been William Hague's political secretary and speech writer since 1997 and working previously in the Conservative Research Department, as a political adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture and at No. 10 under John Major. He is the son-in-law of Lord Howell, MP for Guildford 1966-97.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 51.71% 14.99% 344.86
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.93% 2.13% 43.73
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.91% 2.49% 117.17
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.87% 4.43% 132.54
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.74% 7.27% 37.63
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.36% 2.56% 52.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.63% 2.04% 30.71
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.02% 13.04% 92.19
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.14% 12.70% 40.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.43% 8.14% 103.52
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.33% 4.02% 8.14
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.43% 3.19% 45.03
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.71% 11.31% 41.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.68% 3.06% 22.27
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.13% 2.52% 44.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.84% 9.41% 62.07
5-10K 11.20% 16.63% 67.36
10-15K 12.73% 16.58% 76.76
15-20K 11.90% 13.58% 87.64
20-25K 10.29% 10.39% 99.06
25-30K 8.59% 7.77% 110.51
30-35K 7.05% 5.79% 121.68
35-40K 5.74% 4.33% 132.39
40-45K 4.65% 3.27% 142.55
45-50K 3.78% 2.48% 152.13
50-55K 3.07% 1.90% 161.10
55-60K 2.50% 1.47% 169.50
60-65K 2.04% 1.15% 177.35
65-70K 1.67% 0.91% 184.69
70-75K 1.38% 0.72% 191.54
75-80K 1.14% 0.57% 197.95
80-85K 0.94% 0.46% 203.95
85-90K 0.78% 0.37% 209.56
90-95K 0.66% 0.31% 214.83
95-100K 0.55% 0.25% 219.78
100K + 3.29% 1.34% 244.85

Local Map of the constituency
Tatton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tatton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Independent (100%)
Conservative (- 24.74%)
Conservative (10.65%) Labour (27.25%) Liberal Democrat (18.62%)
Con - 24.74%
Lab 0.00%
LD 0.00%
Con 10.65%
Lab 27.25%
LD 18.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Osborne
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (48.11%) 19,860 48.11%
Lab Labour (27.25%) 11,249 27.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.62%) 7,685 18.62%
Oth Other (6.02%) 2,484 6.02%
Maj Majority (20.86%) 8,611 20.86%
Turn Turnout (63.55%) 41,278 63.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Osborne
Conservative gain
Tatton Viviane Allinson 505 1.22%
LD Mike Ash 7,685 18.62%
Ind Batch John Batchelor 322 0.78%
Ind Hunt Jonathan Boyd 154 0.37%
L Steve Conquest 11,249 27.25%
C George Osborne 19,860 48.11%
Ind Sh Peter Sharratt 734 1.78%
UK Mark Sheppard 769 1.86%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Martin Bell
Independent gain
Con Conservative (37.46%) 18,277 37.46%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD 0 0.00%
Ref 0 0.00%
Ind Independent (60.16%) 29,354 60.16%
Oth Other (2.38%) 1,161 2.38%
Maj Majority (22.70%) 11,077 22.70%
Turn Turnout (76.45%) 48,792 76.45%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.20%) 32,235 62.20%
Lab Labour (19.00%) 9,870 19.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.10%) 9,387 18.10%
Oth Other (0.70%) 350 0.70%
Maj Majority (43.10%) 22,365 43.10%
Turn Turnout (81.38%) 51,842 81.38%

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